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  •  Ooops... (3+ / 0-)
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    I see Oakland.  I'll remember to not visit Deadwood Oakland without being heavily armed.

    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein

    by kharma on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:28:33 PM PST

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    •  Good idea! (11+ / 0-)

      And stay away from East Oakland, out in the avenues!!

      Oakland murders 2012: 131
      Population 395,xxx
      Entire State of Oregon: 82
      Population: 3.8 million
      And now you see why I live in Oregon whereas I used to live in Oakland.
      Maybe its something they put in the water. Whats really amazing is its real easy to get a gun in Oregon, gunstores all over, including Walmart, but there's  no gun stores at all in Oakland. So i don't think sales restrictions on AR15s is going to do much good in Oakland.
      I used to do home inspections all over the Bay area, including East and West Oakland. I usually carried a gun and twice I showed it and indicated I would shoot. I'm really sure that saved me from a robbery and worse.
      it was illegal to carry it then but I always figure its easier to get out of a jail than get ot of a graveyard, especially in California.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:50:00 PM PST

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      •  Israeli Arms sold for 80$ on 67/Flora (7+ / 0-)

        Guy has been in business since I was ten.  Through the Heroin wars, though the Crack Wars, through the 'Sewn Ups' (Marijuana wholesalers) currently going on.

        The cops don't give a shit about anything east of International and 11th.  They drive through, but if you ask, they'll tell you, "Nothing we can do, it's...political."

        I visit Oaktown 3x a week.  All my friends are there.  I maintain a variety of reasonable offenses, and gentrified safe zones are appearing as Whites get over their parents irrational fears.  Still, something will always drag you to East Oakland, just a matter of time.  I'm from the deep East Oakland (Murder Dubs/69 Ville Projects) and you have to be ready.

        If you look at the dead children in Oakland unmourned and causing hardly a ripple nationally, and then look at the flailing over the white kids at Newtown, I'm sure you can grasp my perspective on the current gun debate.

        My entire family has arsenals, but have had no incidents
        in 41 years, other than my Dad scaring off a few thieves.
        That's not trackable in gun defense metrics.  Neither is my daily stomp through bad neighborhoods.  The realities of urban living in Poverty are being ignored completely; not a shocker to the brown skinned.  Well, anyway, do your thing, we'll see what the House lets through.  Should be interesting.

        I greatly enjoyed your post.

        A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. Frederick Douglass

        by Stance Like Ptah on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:25:53 PM PST

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